The Final Solution

Emily McSherry

Concentration Camp Life

According to Vincent Chȃtel, the day for Jews in concentration camps begins at 4 in the morning. They have the alarm of a kapo forcing them to get up and straighten their bed. After cleaning up, the Jews are given a small amount of bread and cheap coffee. Often, the kapos would try to make the Jews' lives as miserable as possible and would throw the bread in the mud or push the Jew while giving out coffee. Following this is roll call where the Jews line up in rows of ten and are counted. The uniforms worn are do not protect from the cold so the Jews often cannot stand through roll call and some even die due to this. From here, the Jews prisoners go to begin their days' work which lasts for 12 to 14 hours. It is often useless and many prisoners die from this, especially the ones who do not have a tool to work with and have to use their hands. The lunch break is often very short and the Jews are forced to return to work on an an empty stomach. If a Jew is found dead, another Jew will have to carry the body to roll call where the others line up in the same formation again. This can last even 10 hours and a prisoner is sometimes hanged and the others are forced to look as a "warning." Soup is given out for dinner and then the Jews head to their barrack for the evening. A "blockfuerher" is there to make the prisoners do straining exercises before sleep. After a painful day, the Jews must find a way to fall asleep in a cold, hard bunk tightly fitting five others.

Major Concentration Camps:

Auschwitz-Birkenaeu

Belzec

Bergen-Belsen

Buchenwald

Chelmno

Dachau

Dora-Mittelbau

Flossenburg

Janowska

Kaiserwald

Majdanek

Mauthausen

Natzweiler-Struthof

Neuengamme

Oranienburg

Plaszow

Ravensbruck

Sachsenhausen

Sobibor

Stutthof

Terezin

Treblinka

Westerbork

Works Cited

"Auschwitz-Birkenau: Living Conditions, Labor & Executions." JewishVirtualLibrary.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2014.

"Concentration Camps: List of Major Camps." JewishVirtualLibrary.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2014.

Châtel, Vincent. "Just a Normal Day in the Camps." JewishGen.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2014.

Arnold Ropeik on the Concentration Camps. Perf. Arnold Ropeik. History.com, n.d.

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